Turo: 2015 Jaguar F Type

Thanks to Turo, I was able to rent this 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe on a short midweek trip to Los Angeles (only $75/day!). It's the 340hp, 6-cylinder supercharged base model, with the 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. Coming in around $62k new, this one has already seen nearly 58k miles and some minor wear, given its "bought for renting out on Turo" life (the owner has a half dozen cars on Turo). Turning up the subwoofer revealed some annoying interior rattles, so I preferred the engine noise to the stereo for entertainment.

I ended up not having much time to drive it, other than to and from the airport and a bit in Highland Park. My chief impressions were:

  • It's a great looking car, and the coupe is better looking than the convertible, in my humble opinion. But you are completely at the mercy of the mirrors to see into the blind spots, which is a little daunting for those of us who still look over our shoulders when changing lanes;
  • The automatic transmission is surprisingly good. I didn't feel the need for a double clutch transmission (but a manual would have been nice). Shifts are very fast, rev matches are clean, and the computer is pretty good at knowing what you want, when you want it, especially in "dynamic" mode;
  • The car feels very planted and stable, reminiscent of my 911 Turbo. It should, given the 3,500 pound weight (more than 1,000 pounds heavier than my 2018 Miata!);
  • The supercharged V6 offered enough power to do the job, although the real urgency seemed to unlock only at higher revs. Which is fine, since the engine sounds great when pushed. I didn't feel the need for the monstrous V8 version of the car. 
All in all, very enjoyable. I wish I'd had more time with it, especially on some backroads. Maybe another time...


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